Notice to the Press
Washington, DC
June 14, 2011


Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Judith McHale will speak at a reception hosted by program founder Senator Richard Lugar to honor this year’s Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program participants, on Thursday, June 16, 2011. Senator Lugar will also offer remarks, as will selected YES students. The reception will take place in Room 902 of the Hart Senate Office Building, at 4:30 p.m.

The 368 YES students participating in the event are from Bahrain, Bangladesh, Cameroon, Gaza, Israel (Arab community), Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Liberia, Mali, Morocco, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Suriname, Tunisia, West Bank, and Yemen.

Funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the YES Program provides opportunities for high school students from countries with significant Muslim populations to live and study in the United States. This year, the program supported approximately 900 students who traveled to the United States from nearly 40 countries.

For more information on the YES Program, visit: http://exchanges.state.gov/youth/programs/yes.html.

This event is open for press coverage.

Preset time for video cameras: 3:45 p.m. from the Constitution Avenue or 2nd Street entrance of the Hart Senate Building.

Final access time for all media representatives: 4:00 p.m. from the Constitution Avenue or 2nd Street entrance of the Hart Senate Building.

Media representatives may attend this event upon presentation of one of the following: (1) a U.S. government-issued identification card (State Department, White House, Congress, Defense Department, Foreign Press Center), (2) a media-issued photo identity card, or (3) a letter from their employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist, accompanied by official photo identification (driver’s license or passport).

Media contacts:

U.S. Department of State

Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs: (202) 632-5107

Office of Press Relations: (202) 647-2492

Yvonne Ribeiro-Yemofio: (202) 647-3448, Ribeiro-YemofioYY@state.gov
Carla Coolman: (202) 632-3356, CoolmanCH@state.gov



PRN: 2011/956